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48 years old. Suffering from gastritis. Not cured by OTC medicine. Have IBS. Suggest some medication

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I am 48 years old and my problem is I pass gas excessively throughout the day. It's very embarrassing at times. Have tried many OTC medicines but to no avail. Also sometimes after having food I feel like passing stools which gives me a feeling as if I have developed IBS. What medicine would you advice? Also I sometimes feel like passing stools after having food, which makes me feel as if I have I BS. I have no other health problems , pls suggest a medicine.
Posted Sun, 2 Sep 2012 in IBS(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 1 hour later
Hello, XXXXXX,
Excessive gas in the intestines can be caused by a number of
factors. During the day all of us swallow air everytime we eat
or drink. If you eat too fast or drink during eating you take in
more air. Chewing gum (Those containing high fructose) can
add to the gas problem. Smoking also adds to it.
Lactose intolerance (Milk & dairy products) can cause excess
gas if you are deficient in lactase , an enzyme you need to
digest lactose containing foods and drinks.
Irritable bowel syndrome is also associated with excess
bloating and abdominal pain. Certain malabsorption problems
including pancreatic conditions affect digestion of fat and
starches and this could lead to excess gas.
Products like Lactaid, Gas-X (Simethacone), Beano may help
some. Peppermint oil has been known to reduce bloating
and gas in IBS patients.
Hope these will help you take a proper approach.
Wish you well.
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